Kent Simmons - University of Winnipeg

Professor: Kent Simmons
Department: Biology
College: University of Winnipeg
Rating # 1
Overview:
  • Course: BIO1115
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
he is by far the best biology prof I ever had at uofw!! i totally recommend him. tests were fair. had him for both bio 1115&1116.
Rating # 2
Overview:
  • Course: BIO1102
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 3.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
his lectures are very interesting and he definitely knows his stuff, but wow his exams are an absolute nightmare. I studied very hard and failed his exams. If you aren't good at multiple choice exams, don't take his class. He will give 5 multiple choice answers and 4 of the 5 sound like the same answer. WOULD NOT RECOMMEND FOR FIRST YEAR STUDENTS.
Rating # 3
Overview:
  • Course: BIO1115
  • Grade Received: A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Hands down, the best lecturer I've ever had. He makes material super easy to understand. I passed the course with an A without even touching the textbook, which is a testament to how much of an excellent teacher he is. His tests are brutal but his study guidelines, notes and access to VOD lectures were helpful.
Rating # 4
Overview:
  • Course: BIO1115
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Great prof overall. You can tell that he is very knowledgable about the material, and he is always willing to answer any questions that you may have. Although, I found that reading the textbook really helped me understand the concepts more thoroughly. Tests were fair and he was very clear about what we would be tested on. Highly recommend!
Rating # 5
Overview:
  • Course: BIO1115
  • Grade Received: A+
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
I would describe Dr. Simmons' lecture style as "taking a running start at biology". Although there are many topics discussed in this course that are covered in a typical high school biology curriculum, he nevertheless provides you with the resources to be successful regardless of your background. I highly recommend you have him for this course.
Rating # 6
Overview:
  • Course: BIO1115
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 3.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
He's a hype guy with very distinct stylistic and music choices, however if you need powerpoints with more than just vague diagrams and non-descriptive text, you might want to reconsider. I will note that he does have some helpful study guides, but I probably will avoid him in the future.
Rating # 7
Overview:
  • Course: BIO1115
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Amazing lectures and makes material easy to understand. I love the fact that he gives access of lecture recordings even to non-VOD classes. If you are clear on the concepts, like any course, the tests will be easy ( you still need to study! :p). I re-registered my bio class for next term on purpose so that I'm taking it again with prof. Simmons.
Rating # 8
Overview:
  • Course: BIOL1115
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Excellent professor! Very detailed but uses many analogies to assist with comprehension and memory. He has a great and positive energy. Highly recommended.
Rating # 9
Overview:
  • Course: BIO1115
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 2.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
He's a good guy but honestly not the greatest prof. He's unclear and jumps from topic to topic, the power points almost never are relevant to the notes. His tests are super hard.
Rating # 10
Overview:
  • Course: BIO1115
  • Grade Received: WD
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Very interesting lectures due to his passion and knowledge about biology. Exam is REALLY HARD. I studied a lot and felt well prepared and still failed. PAY ATTENTION IN CLASS, especially the examples he uses, because thats what will be on the exam. Multiple choice exam but 75% of the options seem like they could be correct.
Rating # 11
Overview:
  • Course: BIO1115
  • Grade Received: A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Had good clear notes which he also posts online. Lectures that could have been very dull were interesting. I would definitely recommend reading the textbook though, some questions on the exams were taken directly from it. I would definitely take a course with him again.
Rating # 12
Overview:
  • Course: BIOL2152
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 3.5
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Good prof, very knowledgable on subject, even though AMF was one of the more boring botany courses I took. He is easy to approach and can answer all of your questions. No textbook.
Rating # 13
Overview:
  • Course: BIO1115
  • Grade Received: A+
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
He provides all the info you need to do well on tests, except a select few that weren't discussed at all in class. He explains things well. Lectures are super boring though, lots of info in that course. Spent lots of time on photosynthesis and cell. resp. and barely was tested. find him a little rude in emails. also stood me up on an office apt.
Rating # 14
Overview:
  • Course: BIO1115
  • Grade Received: A+
  • Overall Rating: 3.5
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Old school teaching style. No exam review. Entire chapters in text are testable but doesn't even touch major topics in the lecture(that are testable) - lack of direction that's needed for intro-Bio courses. Exams are hard, need to at least skim through entire chapters to get an A+. Would take 2nd/3rd yr courses from him again but not intro courses.
Rating # 15
Overview:
  • Course: BIO1115
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 3.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
While its true that his tests are hard (like start studying at the beginning of the semester, seriously though). He's really funny. While I said class is mandatory to passing this class (which, it is) he lets this in-class classes use the videos that he uses for his VOD lectures. Would 100% take a another class with him.
Rating # 16
Overview:
  • Course: 1116
  • Grade Received: D+
  • Overall Rating: 2.5
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
He rabbles know your text book and your good his lectures are a waste of time you could use study the text.
Rating # 17
Overview:
  • Course: BIO1116
  • Grade Received: D
  • Overall Rating: 2.5
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Not always clear. He rambles a lot.
Rating # 18
Overview:
  • Course: BIOL1115
  • Grade Received: C+
  • Overall Rating: 4.5
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Very clear lectures and very approachable. Caught myself falling asleep in his morning lectures so be sure to drink lots of coffee! Gave me great advice when I needed it. Going to be taking another course with him this year (but I'm still bringing coffee).
Rating # 19
Overview:
  • Course: BIOL1116759
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Simmons is the hardest but the best of the first year bio profs and teaches in a way that makes you more prepared for second year
Rating # 20
Overview:
  • Course: BIOL1116
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 3.5
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Awesome prof! Clearly loves what he does. Shows much enthusiasm when he teaches. Very friendly and always willing to help! Can speak rather fast and go off on tangents, but overall one of my favourite profs.
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